introducing older hens to younger hens

ruffeled feathers

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 28, 2009
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Purchased older hens and when introduced to younger hens the older ones pecked the younger and would not let them eat. Any suggestions?
 

CMV

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 15, 2009
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Keep them separated until they are about the same size. Bigger birds always pick on the little guys. Then introduce them on neutral territory, like when they are free ranging once they are the same size.
 

paddock36

Crowing
11 Years
Dec 24, 2008
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Ocala, Florida
I understand your problem and I tried everything too. When I let them free range they still stayed separate. However, I followed advise that I read on BYC and here's what I did. I put a small pen in my large run and put the young hen in there for about three days. When I fed the hens I always fed next to the pen so they had to be near each other. Then, on the third night I took the young hen out of the pen and put her in the coop with the others. They still pecked at her but not as bad. It's not as bad as before. They are working it out.
 

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